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Road to the NFL Draft / Clive Walford

Position: Tight end

School: Miami

Combine measureables: 6-foot-4, 251 pounds.

Combine stats: 40: 4.79 seconds. Bench press: 20 reps. Vertical: 35 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet. 20-yard shuttle: 4.57 seconds.

Career stats: 36 games, 87 catches, 1,299 yards, 12 TDs.

Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: Walford was named a third-team All-American and second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2014. He was also a Mackey Award finalist as the nation’s top tight end and was selected for the Senior Bowl. … Had a 127-yard game against Florida State. … Did not participate in Miami’s bowl game after tearing his meniscus and having arthroscopic surgery. … Did not play football until his senior year of high school … Has the speed to challenge defenses down the seam. Lined up in several different formations with the Hurricanes and is developing as a blocker. … Struggled with drops at times during his college career. … Reportedly turned some teams off with his attitude at the NFL Scouting Combine.

They said it: “Walford is going to give NFL defenses problems in one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field and in the seams, and he will compete as a blocker.” – ESPN’s Louis Riddick.

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

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